A large surface muddler for all fish that eat in the darkness.
Once again a muddler. This one is typically tied as a large fly (size 2 or 4) and moves a lot of water (and air...). Other muddlers are the Small Muddler, Full Metal Jacket Nutria Muddler and the general muddler pattern The banding does not make it a much different or more effective fly, but it does make it more beautiful and a bit easier to see at night.
It is obtained by using several different colors of deer hair during the stacking process. I normally use bright colors like neon orange, pink, green or yellow mixed with black an natural tan for the sake of contrast It's quite easy to obtain the desired effect.
|Hook||Any long shank streamer hook 2-10|
|Thread||Tan or black. Heavy for spinning (6/0, Dyna Cord, kevlar or similar)|
|Body||Flat silver tinsel|
|Rib||Oval silver tinsel|
|Wing||Narrow strip of natural Nutria fur tied in Matuka style|
|Head||Stacked deer hair, spun and cut. Natural or colors mixed in bands|
See the detalied description for tying a ribbed tinsel body. The methods are applicable here too.
- Tie in ribbing along the underside of hook shank
- Run thread forwards to form a smooth base for tinsel.
- Tie in medium flat silver tinsel a couple of eye widths behind hook eye
- Run tinsel to hook bend and forwards again in even turns.
- Tie down and cut off
- Tie in wing strip with hair pointing towards rear of fly. Strip has to reach beyond hook bend.
- Pull up ribbing behind hook
- While pulling fur strip tightly backwards, draw ribbing through fur and down on front of hook
- Repeat the processing while working towards hook eye
- Tie down and cut off ribbbing where tinsel body starts
- Tie in 2-3 bundles of deer hair muddler style
- Stack the first bundle and let tips reach just beyond middle of hook.
- Cut down hair except tips of the first bundle to form a dense, conical head with a collar.